Scranton ZineFest

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you should stop at New Visions Studio and Gallery in Scranton Saturday for the second Scranton ZineFest. From noon-6, there will be tables filled with zines, journals, books, arts and crafts. This year, the vendors are coming from all along the East Coast, and there is even one coming from Canada. Following the tabling, there will be a poetry reading at 7 p.m. featuring Jason Lucarelli, Steve Keating, Rachael Goetzke, Alexis Czencz Belluzzi, Rich Howells, William James, and I. This poetry reading is unique because most of the work we share will be music-oriented.

For more info about ZineFest, click here. For more info about the readers, click here.

You can also check out the Weekender’s cover story on ZineFest here, and the article from Go Lackawanna here.

I have a feeling that this year’s festival will top last year’s, when we had to deal with gloomy weather and on and off rain that limited the number of participants that came, since we had the festival outside, on Center Street. We’re grateful that New Visions has opened its doors to us and has allowed us to host the festival indoors this year.

Some Updates

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Years and developed some solid resolutions for 2012. I wanted to share some updates. The next Writers Showcase at New Visions Studio and Gallery will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm. The venue is located at 201 Vine Street, and there is free parking in front of the gallery. We had a wonderful turnout during the first event back in November, and I’m hoping for the same or even better this time. Next week, I’ll post a description of all of the readers involved. It will be a solid mix of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction.

I also want to mention that I have a poem, “How I Remember Her,” published in the new issue of Evening Street Review. This is a wonderful print journal published out of Ohio. Check it out here.

Finally, I want to share an update about ZineFest 2012. Last year, the organizers received a county grant that basically paid for the event. This year, the county received even more applications, and unfortunately, ZineFest did not secure any grant money. The organizers are trying to raise enough funds to secure the venue for a soon-to-be scheduled June date. They are seeking donations, and if you can help out, that would be much appreciated. Feel free to email them at scrantonzinefestival@gmail.com. Any support would be much appreciated. Last year’s event was a huge success and brought in writers, artists, and zinesters from across the East Coast, and I hope the event keeps going.

That’s all for now. Happy Writing, Happy New Year!

Scranton ZineFest 2012

In 2011, one of my favorite readings I took part in and hosted was part of Scranton’s first ever ZineFest. The event brought together zinesters, craft makers, and booksellers from Scranton, Philly and other pockets of the East Coast. The day featured an exchange of zines and crafts, and the reading was held in the evening at Anthology New and Used Books (this was actually the last ever reading held there, sadly).

I’m pleased to announce there will be a second ZineFest, to be held in June of 2012, at the Keyser Valley Community Center. This year, we won’t have to worry about any rain clouds lingering over the participants and tables because the venue will allow us to be indoors all day. The new venue also has a kitchen, so it will make it easier for us to cook and store food.

I met the other day with Jessica Meoni and Dana Marie Bloom, the two key organizers of the festival. I left the meeting feeling eager to be part of this event again. Soon, Jessica and Dana are going to send out letters inviting last year’s participants to partake in this year’s festival, and I am going to finish sending out invitations to writers we hope will participate in the evening reading. This year the reading will be different in the sense that we want the writers to share works that are music-themed, or have some type of socio/political undertone, to reflect zine culture. The reading should stand to be a good mix of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and we’ll have some of the readers back from last year, but also some new faces.

Once we finalize a date and line-up some of the zinesters and readers that will be attending, I’ll post more details here.